COURSE CONTENT AND AIMS

Psychology A level will provide you with the skills you need to understand human behaviour and will help prepare you for further education by ensuring you are able to think critically and analytically about the world around you. You can expect to develop an understanding of different schools of psychological thought such as behaviourism, humanism and the biological, cognitive and psychodynamic approaches and how these offer opposing or complimentary explanations of human behaviour. You will learn how topical issues, such as eyewitness testimony, offender profiling, obedience, mental illness and gender can be better understood according to different psychological perspectives and how psychological research into these areas have real life applications such as affecting social policy and aiding the economy. 

Students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues. 
  • Apply psychological knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts including
  • novel scenarios.
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods. 
  • Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness & effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods, scientific processes and techniques of data handling and analysis, be familiar with their use and be aware of their strengths and limitations.

TRIPS AND VISITS

In the past, students have visited the Crime Museum Uncovered and The Jack the Ripper Museum to see how forensic psychology has been applied in real life. There will be opportunity to visit lectures from current and leading psychologists and potentially opportunities to look at psychology in action.

PROGRESSION

Studying psychology at A level will open the door for further study at degree level and a range of employment opportunities. Graduates of psychology can choose to specialise in Clinical psychology, Educational psychology, Forensic psychology, Sports psychology or Counselling, to name a few. Careers in business, marketing, human resources, education and healthcare are among those that will appeal to students who have studied psychology at A level and beyond.

ASSESSMENT

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology – Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology

Paper 2: Psychology in context – Approaches in psychology, biopsychology, research methods

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology – Issues and debates, schizophrenia, gender, forensic psychology

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For admission to A level Psychology, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English, Maths and Biology.